Hughes announces return to Michigan, wants to be ‘the best player in college hockey’

JAN 26, 2018: Mason Jobst (OSU - 26), Quinn Hughes (Michigan - 43) The #6 Ohio State Buckeyes shut out the #20 Michigan Wolverines 4-0 at Value City Arena in Columbus, OH. (Rachel Lewis - USCHO) (Rachel Lewis/©Rachel Lewis)
Michigan’s Quinn Hughes (left) battles Ohio State’s Mason Jobst during a Jan. 2018 game in Columbus (photo: Rachel Lewis).
Michigan defenseman Quinn Hughes announced Saturday that he will return to the Wolverines for the 2018-19 season.Hughes was a first-round draft pick (seventh overall) of the Vancouver Canucks in the 2018 NHL Draft after a stellar freshman season in Ann Arbor.“My heart’s obviously still at Michigan,” said Hughes in a statement. “I was heartbroken when we lost to Notre Dame in the Frozen Four last year. I have never really been on a team that cares so much about each other, and I think that’s a big reason why I’m coming back, because I love my teammates.”I think we have a good team this upcoming year, and I believe in the group. So, for me, I have a lot of goals in my mind. I want to be the best player in college hockey, and I want to win the national championship. I think we can do it with the group and the coaching staff we have, and we believe in each other.””I know that I can say everyone involved with Michigan hockey is extremely excited to know that Quinn has decided to return to the University of Michigan for another season,” added Michigan coach Mel Pearson. “Quinn was one of college hockey’s best players last year and I look forward to his continued development both on and off the ice. I also would like to thank the Vancouver Canucks organization for their cooperation and support.”Hughes played in 37 games for the Wolverines in a standout freshman season, where he tallied five goals and 24 assists for 29 points from the blueline.He set a program record for most assists by a freshman defenseman and sits third all-time in total points by a freshman defenseman. Hughes was also a Big Ten Rookie of the Year finalist and was named to the Northeast Regional All-Tournament Team, Second Team All-Big Ten and the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.


    • He was the #7 overall pick in the NHL draft and widely considered as one of the top 3 blue liners in the draft…how should he have indicated that he was staying at Michigan another year? Hand written note on the bulletin board? I don’t find his announcement pretentious at all.

        • Where the Vancouver Canucks would obviously be in attendance. It’s more complicated than that playing Bantam AAA. Kid did nothing wrong…get over yourself.

          • He “wants to be the best player in college hockey”. I want to be the wealthiest man in the world. Which one of us has the better chance of achieving our goal? Statistically, he was the 3rd best scoring freshman defensemen last year. Using plus/minus he was 5th. Sounds like maybe Hughes should “get over himself”. What fantasy world do you live in when you stated about Hughes’ practice, “Where the Vancouver Canucks would obviously be in attendance”? He can use the same medium to notify Vancouver he was staying in college that others in his position have used. Is he able to phone, text, email, Tweet, or respond to Facebook to inform them of his decision? Nice job degrading Bantam AAA kids, guess it is too complicated for yourself.

      • The point is to announce he is leaving would be appropriate, because it represents a change. One announces a change. One does not announce a not change.


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